Jamie Lee Curtis and Steve Tyrell to appear at Palm Springs Museum Art Party


The Palm Springs Art Museum will host its annual online art party on December 4 with celebrity guests including actress Jamie Lee Curtis, Grammy-winning singer Steve Tyrell and Tony Award-winning lyricist David Zippel.

This digital version of the organization’s gala will raise funds to support the museum’s operations, including its exhibition and education programs.

Palm Springs Art Museum Executive Director and CEO Louis Grachos said Curtis will host the event, Tyrell will perform two songs, and Zippel, who is the originator of the Annenberg Theater program, is acting as curator and organizer.

The museum has been closed since March and is expected to reopen on November 19 before Riverside County falls back into the strict purple level of the state’s reopening system. Accordingly, cinemas, places of worship, indoor museums and zoos, aquariums, indoor gymnasiums and fitness centers, and indoor restaurants are to remain closed.

Actress Jamie Lee Curtis will appear at the Virtual Art Party on December 4, 2020 to benefit the Palm Springs Art Museum.

However, Grachos said the museum continues to enjoy community support. The Art Party is an opportunity to rethink the approach to fundraising during a pandemic, he said.

“During that time, we don’t have the capacity to really increase our earned income,” Grachos said. “It gives us a good opportunity to raise funds to keep the museum alive.”

The creative attraction of the evening will be the start of a newly commissioned video work by renowned multidisciplinary artist Jeffrey Gibson. He will offer a preview of Gibson in his studio, talking about his art and the film.

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Mississippi painter and sculptor Choctaw-Cherokee is known for his paintings and sculptures that incorporate Native American traditions as well as modernism, clothing, video artwork, and performance art. Some of his most recognized works are punching bags that he turned into totems.

Gibson previously produced a sculpture, “Alive,” made of a wind turbine blade, for the 2017 Desert X Art Biennale. The piece was located in front of the Palm Springs Art Museum. His work has also been featured in solo exhibitions at the Seattle Art Museum, the Bronx Museum of The Arts in New York, and the Blanton Museum of Art in Austin, Texas.

Visual artist Jeffrey Gibson fuses Native North American materials and forms with those of contemporary Western art to create a new hybrid visual vocabulary, causing a shift in the way Native American art is perceived and historicized.  Gibson's art will be celebrated as part of the Palm Springs Art Museum's Virtual Art Party on December 4, 2020.

Tickets for the art party cost $ 1,000 for individual donors. There are also sponsorship levels available at $ 5,000 for silver, $ 10,000 for gold, and $ 25,000 for platinum.

In January, 350 people attended the Art Party which included exhibitions by architect Alexander Girard and Native American artist Gerald Clarke, as well as a performance by Dylan Gutierrez and Jeraldine Mendoza of the Joffrey Ballet at the Annenberg Theater.

Grachos said the museum was taking many steps to tighten the overall annual operating budget to stay afloat amid the financial losses from the pandemic. It is one of the many art museums in the world that sell important works of art from their collections through a process called assignment to cover operating costs.

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The museum also recently cut ties with The Galen in Palm Desert and will no longer be responsible for programming or operations. In addition, the Museum and the City of Palm Desert are about to finalize a new lease for the Faye Sarkowsky Sculpture Garden.

Philanthropist Helene Galen, who donated $ 1 million to the museum when The Galen opened in 2012, said the plan was for a group of artists to take over the operations and uses as a creative space.

If you are going to

When:Friday December 4, 6 p.m.

How much: Tickets cost $ 1,000 for individual donors, with sponsorship levels of $ 5,000 for silver, $ 10,000 for gold, and $ 25,000 for platinum.

Or:Online streaming at artparty.psmuseum.org.

Benefiting:Palm Springs Art Museum

How to help: To donate, visit artparty.psmuseum.org.

Desert Sun reporter Brian Blueskye covers the arts and entertainment. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter at @bblueskye. Support local news, subscribe to The Desert Sun.


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